Camps & Outreach

Camps & Outreach

  • Open to All Youth

  • Fun & Educational Programs

  • Year Round Opportunities

Camps and Outreach Events are Open to Everyone!

ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County offers camps and outreach activities all year. These activities and events are open to all youth. 4-H membership not required.

No School Day / Homeschool Camps

"Yeti or Not?" K-4 Homeschool/No School Day Camp

February 12, 19 or 21, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Waitt Lab, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory

Are you 'Yeti' for some winter fun? Join us in a silly search for data using the scientific method. Follow tracks to find your own conclusion, make predictions with popcorn, and taste the sweet results of hot chocolate experiments. Put your engineering skills to the test and launch food to the Yeti!

$20 per youth

Sign-Up Starting January 22

March Madness Animal Adaptations Homeschool/No School Day Camp

March 7 or 15, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Waitt Lab, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory

What if different animals had to compete? Who would overcome changes to their environment? Will chance and homecourt advantage determine the outcome or will predators rule? Come play and find out! 

$20 per youth


2024 Homeschool Clover Co-op

One Thursday per Month, January-May
9:30-11:00 a.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County Office

Group games and hands-on learning opportunities for homeschool youth to explore various project areas and interests through ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H activities. Enroll your child(ren) to connect, play and learn! Let us help you cover educational standards and 21st Century skills like healthy living, financial literacy and science. 

$5 per youth

Sign-up Now! 

Summer Camps

ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County offers several camps each summer for PK-8th grade youth. Camps are open to all youth. 4-H membership not required.

2024 Cyclone Summer Camps for

IMPORTANT! Grade currently in refers to the grade the child is in right now at time of registration, February-May 2024. Please make sure you adhere to the age groups. 

Registration opens at Noon on February 15 for all camps EXCEPT Fish Camp & the Girls in STEM Pajama Party. 

Register for ISU's Cyclone Summer Camps

Fish Camp and the Girls in STEM Pajama Party are held in partnership with Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Registration for those camps opens February 1 at NOON.

Register for Fish Camp and/or the Girls in STEM Pajama Party

Lakers STEM Fest registration will open April 1, an individual event flyer will be made closer to April listing session topics.

Register for Lakers STEM Fest

Reminder that refunds will not be given after registration is submitted (unless a camp is cancelled by our office). Please double-check your calendar, and the location and details of the camp before registering. Thank you!

Thank you to our many awesome community partners for making these programs possible - Dickinson County Farm Bureau, Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Spirit Lake Public Library, Dickinson County Nature Center, Milford Memorial Library, and Lake Park Public Library.

Outreach Activities and Events

During the Summer of 2024, we are offering several programs for families with little ones at home. Most of these are free and open to all!



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Contact Hannah at 712-336-3488 or email

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Financial aid is available for our youth programs.

Please submit the completed form to our office or via email to